TOI has an official note in which ASI Director General V Vidyavathi, who visited Puri on February 21, requested the government to move the proposed building 100 meters instead of 75 from the outer wall of the temple. . The visitor center will welcome worshipers before they head to the main compound.
The Ancient Monuments and Archaeological Sites and Remains (Amendment and Validation) Act 2010 prohibits any type of new construction within 100 meters of a temple.
The state government would do well to consider options to relocate the visitor center slightly beyond 100 yards. This would be in the interests of temple security, Vidyavathi’s note reads.
It should be noted that the visitor center will be built on half an acre of land on the southeast side of the corridor with a multitude of facilities for worshipers. However, the challenge for the government is that it has only acquired land within a radius of 75 meters from the temple to execute the heritage corridor project or Shree Jagannath Parikrama Prakalp.
ASI said it had no problem with the proposed facilities, including changing room, mini-changing room, shelter pavilion, women’s and men’s toilets, electrical room and sidewalk area, which would be in the area. prohibited (100 meters from the temple) .